Price shines for Canadiens
Carey Price made three big shootout saves, and Michael Cammalleri scored on Montreal’s fourth attempt in the tiebreaker to give the Canadiens a 3-2 win over visiting Tampa Bay last night.
Price sprawled to the ice to poke-check the puck away from NHL goal leader Steven Stamkos and then turned aside Martin St. Louis’s bid.
After Simon Gagne scored on Tampa Bay’s third attempt to extend the shootout, Cammalleri snapped a shot past Dwayne Roloson. Price then waited out Teddy Purcell’s deke for a glove save.
Price stopped 35 shots, and Brian Gionta and Andrei Kostitsyn had goals in regulation for sixth-place Montreal, which has 85 points — 3 fewer than fifth-place Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Roloson (26 saves) dropped to the ice after he was stung in the mask by Scott Gomez’s slap shot 42 seconds into overtime. He remained in the game after being checked out by the trainer.
Thrashers 4, Flyers 3 — Rob Schremp and Blake Wheeler scored for Atlanta in the shootout, giving the Thrashers a crucial victory over visiting Philadelphia after squandering three leads.
The Thrashers closed within 4 points of the eighth-place Sabres in the playoff race with their second win in six days over the Eastern Conference-leading Flyers. Atlanta will face Buffalo tomorrow.
Danny Briere scored two goals, including a tying shot with 1:17 left in regulation for the Flyers.
Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 0 — Sergei Samsonov and Stephen Weiss each had a goal and an assist, and Scott Clemmensen stopped 24 shots for his first shutout of the season to power host Florida.
Mike Santorelli also scored for the Panthers, whose last 11 victories had been by one goal. Keaton Ellerby added an empty-netter with 3:24 left.
Red Wings 2, Blue Jackets 0 — Recently recalled Joey MacDonald made 37 saves for his second NHL shutout, and Drew Miller and Valtteri Filppula scored first-period goals to lift visiting Detroit to its fourth win in a row.
MacDonald joined the team Wednesday while Chris Osgood continues to rehab from sports hernia surgery. He preserved the shutout with a late goal-line glove save on Rick Nash that withstood a video review.
Stars 5, Blackhawks 0 — Jamie Benn extended his point streak to nine games with a goal and an assist, Kari Lehtonen made 23 saves for his 16th NHL shutout, and host Dallas routed Chicago.
Steve Ott, Brenden Morrow, Jason Williams, and Brandon Segal added goals for Dallas, which ended a two-game skid.
Senators 3, Devils 1 — Chris Neil scored two third-period goals and Curtis McElhinney, making his second start, made 33 saves for host Ottawa.
It was the second time in nine days that the Senators defeated the surging Devils. The Devils are 6 points behind the eighth-place Buffalo Sabres for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Flames 5, Avalanche 2 — Jarome Iginla scored two goals, Rene Bourque and Alex Kotalik had a goal and an assist each, and host Calgary snapped a three-game losing streak while handing Colorado its 10th straight loss.
Coyotes 3, Oilers 1 — Ray Whitney and Radim Vrbata each had a goal and an assist and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 35 shots, powering visiting Phoenix to its fourth straight victory.
Sharks 3, Wild 2 — Patrick Marleau got a fortunate bounce on his tiebreaking, power-play goal early in the third period as San Jose beat visiting Minnesota.
Blues 4, Kings 0 — Jaroslav Halak stopped 17 shots for his 14th shutout of the season as St. Louis won in Los Angeles, sweeping the four-game season series with the Kings and snapping their four-game win streak.